The Divine Order

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The Divine Order
The Divine Order.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Petra Volpe
Written by Petra Volpe
Starring Marie Leuenberger
Cinematography Judith Kaufmann
Release date
  • 9 March 2017 (2017-03-09)
Running time
96 minutes
Country Switzerland
Language Swiss German

The Divine Order (German: Die göttliche Ordnung) is a 2017 Swiss comedy-drama film directed by Petra Volpe.[1] It was selected as the Swiss entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.[2]


The film centres on Nora Ruckstuhl, a housewife and mother in a small village. She publicly advocates for women's suffrage in Switzerland to be voted on in a 1971 referendum.[3][1]



On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 83% based on 46 reviews, with a weighted average rating of 6.6/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The likable cast carries The Divine Order, a crowd-pleasing film that delivers a rousing — if surface level — account of the Swiss women's suffrage movement."[4] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 67 out of 100, based on 16 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[5]


The Divine Order won the Best Global Cinema award at the San Diego International Film Festival in 2017.[6]

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